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Brooks case rescheduled: Hearing to change plea now set for March 7

The proceedings in the Brooks murder case have been pushed back even further now.

Jeffrey Allan Brooks, 52, of Alexandria, was scheduled to appear in Todd County District Court February 28 on a motion to withdraw his guilty plea and change legal counsel.

Like many of the latest motions and hearings in the case, it didn't happen.

The hearing to withdraw his plea and change counsel has been rescheduled to March 7 at 10 a.m. in Todd County District Court due to scheduling conflicts with legal counsel.

However, according to the Todd County Court Administrator's office, a new court-appointed attorney has already been assigned to Brooks.

This is the latest in a string of motions and hearings that have been changed or rescheduled.

Last November, Brooks pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges for the May 20, 2011 death of Diane Fortenberry, 51, of Osakis.

Brooks was to be sentenced February 13, but the case took a series of turns that have prolonged judgment.

On February 7, Brooks accused his own court-appointed attorneys of misconduct -claiming that they lied to him and delayed his case. This was also the first date the court was set to hear a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

Brooks was arrested May 27, 2011.